For people to be truly free, they need to be independent and have the skills and abilities to survive without electrical or water grids.
Technology is now making it easier to have a sustainable lifestyle, without sacrificing too many comforts of the modern world. More and more people are becoming interested in finding sustainable off-grid sources for water, food, and housing, as many of the traditional control systems are not giving people what they need.
Italian Renovator Vidal has created an innovative design for an off-grid house, that could be put together quickly and easily for a very low cost.
The company estimates that the house is delivered to the property owner roughly two months after payment.
The new design is called M.A. Di, and could be built in roughly 6 hours with a cost of just $33,000.
According to the website, MADi homes include the following:
> Split system air-conditioning with master unit behind the MADi home and air conditioning units located on ground floor and first floor.
> Kitchen including sink and tapware (stove and white goods not included)
> Bathroom including toilet, shower (with glass shower screen), tapware and hot water system.
All plumbing, including mains water input & output connection point.
All electrical wiring, including lights, light switches, power points, stove connection outlet, and mains power input connection point.
Below are some photos showing the building process and the finished result:
The designers have made the building structurally sound and has has been certified as seismically safe.
However, this type of house requires a completely flat surface in order to maintain its structural stability. A foundation of flat concrete is also required for the house to be anchored into the ground.
The house design also comes in a variety of sizes. The 290-square-foot version of the home sells for $33,000, but a larger 904-square-foot option sells for $73,000.
The homes are specifically designed to be compatible with solar panels, LED lighting and greywater systems.
It is important to note that delivery, assembly and all of the off-grid necessities like solar panels and water filtration systems will be an additional cost. Making the house functional with electricity and running water is likely a project that would take a bit longer than 6 hours to complete.
The property owner can assemble the house themselves, or they can have the company assist in the building for an additional fee.
Standard* delivery and installation costs, are on average, 30% of the cost of the home.
On their YouTube channel, the designers say:
M.A.Di. is an unfoldable modular living unit. Using an unfolding technique, this construction system allows to realize earthquake-resistant buildings for residential, leisure and hospitality. M.A.DI. can be also used to set-up of temporary villages for sports, fairs and first aid facilities in case of natural disasters.
You can pre-order an off-grid M.A.Di home at the designers website.
There is good reason for people to want to get off the grid, and technological innovation has begun to outpace the public utility systems, so it is time for a paradigm shift. Projects like this help to push towards that paradigm shift by making it easier for people to become independent.
Traditional utilities are far more expensive than they need to be, and in most jurisdictions, they are controlled by powerful monopolies. They are also prone to outages or failures, especially in times of emergency or natural disaster.
Tiny homes are very popular among people who want to get off-grid, but these homes offer a bit more modern comfort for people who don’t want to adopt a minimalist lifestyle.
Last month, AnonNews.co showed the worlds first prefab house composted entirely of hemp.
Soon, people all over the world will be able to live in genuinely affordable, sustainable, and sturdy houses made entirely out of hemp. It has been said that hempcrete homes are capable of being constructed in much less time than that of a regular home. Earthquake resistance, durability, and affordability are factors that are drawing people toward the fascinating building material.
It has been said that after a certain period of time, hempcrete sort of hardens further like a fossil, providing excellent insulation for a home as well.
Dun Agro put this hempcrete house on display on November 30. Then they completed a second homemade from the material, and they have plans to build more.